Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has opened investigations into five Toronto area Amazon warehouses due to COVID-19 and other workplace safety-related concerns.
There are two COVID-19-related investigations. Ministry spokesperson Kalem McSween confirmed to Daily Hive that the first is at Amazon’s Bolton fulfillment centre and the second at the Steeles location in Brampton.
Three non-COVID-19 related investigations are also open into one Amazon location in Scarborough and two in Concord, Ontario.
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Amazon’s Heritage Road facility in Brampton is currently closed because of a massive COVID-19 outbreak. Peel Public Health ordered the fulfillment centre to close on March 12 and demanded all workers complete a two-week isolation period.
The public health unit determined that high-risk exposure to COVID-19 for everyone working at Amazon Heritage “cannot be ruled out.”
As of last week, 622 COVID-19 cases have been tied to the Heritage Road warehouse, a Region of Peel spokesperson told Daily Hive.
Ministry of Health inspectors will be visiting the Heritage Road facility before it reopens and will be on-site the day of to monitor the implementation of its workplace safety plan.